October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. (Interesting note, it’s not so just here in the U.S., October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month in countries all over the globe.)
As a traveling healthcare professional, what can you do to help promote it among your colleagues and patients? Read below for some suggestions.
Obviously, healthcare professionals who work directly with patients in a more – shall we say – “personal” way (such as nurses and physicians) will have more opportunities to promote breast cancer awareness. But every healthcare professional, whether a PT, OT, speech therapist, pharmacist, pharm tech, or other allied healthcare worker can help patients stay informed.
And don’t think that because you’re a traveler and therefore not at the healthcare facility for all that long means you’re not in a position to promote breast cancer awareness.
Any healthcare professional could mention that it’s National Breast Cancer Awareness Month to patients. You could mention it during a patient visit, just asking your patient if he or she is aware that October is the month designated for promoting awareness about breast cancer.
If the patient isn’t aware, you could offer to provide him or her with some brochures or other materials that discuss breast cancer (you’ll need to be sure your department or station has these materials available beforehand).
You also could promote Breast Cancer Awareness Month on a more personal level, by letting your colleagues and patients know that you walked or will be walking in one of the Susan G. Komen 3-day Walk for a Cure events, for example. You can ask the patient if he or she has ever walked or if the patient knows anyone who has. This is a good way to bring up Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
If your assignment facility will be holding breast cancer screenings in October, you can mention this to your patients and them information about the screenings. As mentioned above, perhaps the easiest (and possibly most effective) is to just bring up the fact that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month to your patient and, if the patient wants to continue the conversation, to do so.
Every month should be a health awareness month for your patients. As a healthcare traveler, you play a critical role in helping U.S. residents stay healthy because travelers provide much-needed skills to hospitals and medical facilities that, for many different reasons, need the skills you possess stat! Contact a MedPro Healthcare Staffing recruiter today for more information on a traveling career.